Virginia College of Emergency Physicians

Virginia College of Emergency Physicians VACEP exists to support quality emergency medical care, and to promote the interests of emergency physicians and patients across the Commonwealth.

"Nowhere has the latest spike in cases been more obvious than in Virginia’s beleaguered emergency rooms, where unvaccina...
09/13/2021
The COVID-19 surge is overwhelming emergency rooms across Virginia - Virginia Mercury

"Nowhere has the latest spike in cases been more obvious than in Virginia’s beleaguered emergency rooms, where unvaccinated and often seriously ill COVID-19 patients are adding stress to an already maxed-out system. Dr. Todd Parker, president-elect of the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, said almost every hospital across the state is struggling with overcrowding, widespread staffing shortages and difficulty transferring patients — who frequently require higher levels of care — to facilities experiencing the exact same challenges."

Excellent journalism at the The Virginia Mercury made possible thanks to the help of our emergency physicians reporting on conditions statewide. Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Medical Society of Virginia

https://www.virginiamercury.com/2021/09/13/the-covid-19-surge-is-overwhelming-emergency-rooms-across-virginia/

Over the last few weeks, hospital systems across Virginia have been sounding alarms over the latest coronavirus surge, largely driven by the highly infectious delta variant. In Southwest Virginia, Ballad Health is facing its “worst-case scenario” with more than 700 COVID-19 patients. In Northern...

Yes, co-signed.
09/09/2021

Yes, co-signed.

Nearly three dozen Virginia health care organizations are jointly urging unvaccinated Virginians to get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others as new infections and hospitalizations are surging amid the spread of the delta variant.

These health care organizations, which collectively represent hundreds of thousands of health care professionals in the Commonwealth, include the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Chapter, American College of Surgeons,the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Virginia Section (ACOG District IV), the Medical Society of Virginia, NASW Virginia Chapter, the Richmond Academy of Medicine, The Richmond Ambulance Authority, Virginia Academy of PAs, Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Virginia Association of Community-Based Providers, the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards Inc., Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care, Virginia Association of School Nurses, Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, Virginia Community Healthcare Association, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Counselors Association, Virginia Dermatology Society, Virginia Health Care Association - Virginia Center for Assisted Living, Virginia Health Care Foundation, VNPP, Inc - Virginia Network of Private Providers, Virginia Nurses Association, the Virginia Orthopaedic Society, Virginia Pharmacists Association, Virginia Podiatric Medical Association, the Virginia Radiological Society, Virginia Rural Health Association, the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists, Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (VSHP), and the Virginia Society of Rheumatology.

Vaccines are free and highly effective in preventing infection and hospitalization. Information about COVID-19 vaccination appointments and locations can be found at www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or www.vaccines.gov.

Read the full release here: https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-health-care-organizations-urge-people-to-get-the-covid-19-vaccine-as-cases-and-hospitalizations-surge/

Meet the ACEP '21 candidates!We've taken the time to interview 12 of the candidates running for President-Elect, Board o...
08/30/2021

Meet the ACEP '21 candidates!

We've taken the time to interview 12 of the candidates running for President-Elect, Board of Directors, and other positions at the American College of Emergency Physicians - ACEP. They are compiled into a YouTube playlist, and each one runs about 10-12 minutes.

Beyond meeting the candidates, each segment offers a great educational overview of the issues on the forefront of ACEP leaders' minds. You'll learn a lot.

Watch/listen here:

https://www.vacep.org/acep21

Meet the ACEP '21 candidates!

We've taken the time to interview 12 of the candidates running for President-Elect, Board of Directors, and other positions at the American College of Emergency Physicians - ACEP. They are compiled into a YouTube playlist, and each one runs about 10-12 minutes.

Beyond meeting the candidates, each segment offers a great educational overview of the issues on the forefront of ACEP leaders' minds. You'll learn a lot.

Watch/listen here:

https://www.vacep.org/acep21

Many see rural America as the new frontier for the EM workforce. There is truth to that — but the issue is much more com...
08/22/2021

Many see rural America as the new frontier for the EM workforce. There is truth to that — but the issue is much more complex and nuanced than it may seem.

If you practice in outlying areas or have interest in rural emergency medicine, be sure to attend this free ACEP webinar on August 30. Register at the link.

https://www.acep.org/master-calendar/rural-emergency-medicine-where-we-are-and-where-we-are-headed/

Many see rural America as the new frontier for the EM workforce. There is truth to that — but the issue is much more complex and nuanced than it may seem.

If you practice in outlying areas or have interest in rural emergency medicine, be sure to attend this free ACEP webinar on August 30. Register at the link.

https://www.acep.org/master-calendar/rural-emergency-medicine-where-we-are-and-where-we-are-headed/

It's not just COVID: Emergency rooms in the Richmond region are seeing more patients now than any point in the pandemic....
08/20/2021
Richmond-area ERs are seeing more patients, and they're sicker now than when the pandemic started

It's not just COVID: Emergency rooms in the Richmond region are seeing more patients now than any point in the pandemic. In addition to the virus, there’s more heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, physical trauma, and mental health concerns.

Appreciate the Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Eric Kolenich taking readers behind the scenes and giving people insight into the state of emergency departments. Quoted in the story is Dr. Todd Parker, VACEP President-Elect.

Emergency rooms in Richmond are seeing more patients now than any point in the pandemic, and the ailments go beyond COVID-19. There’s more heart disease, more gastrointestinal problems and more

What is surprise billing? And what is the purpose of the new surprise billing law in Virginia? As emergency physicians, ...
08/10/2021
Surprise Billing 101

What is surprise billing? And what is the purpose of the new surprise billing law in Virginia?

As emergency physicians, we understand the clinical side of our specialty, but it's increasingly important to know the financial side, too. Our latest Safety Net podcast offers you a "Surprise Billing 101" to get you up to speed on an issue that impacts physician reimbursement and quality of/access to care.

https://soundcloud.com/user-280279296/surprise-billing-101

You've seen the term. You've grazed the headlines. But what, exactly, is surprise billing, how does the new Virginia law against it work, and what's next? Join a talented bench of VACEP experts who d

On Friday, the U.S. Senate passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act. The bill focused on researchin...
08/09/2021

On Friday, the U.S. Senate passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act. The bill focused on researching and developing policies preventing burnout and improving mental health among health care clinicians, along with removing barriers to accessing care and treatment (including consideration of stigma and licensing concerns).

The act was named in honor of Lorna Breen, MD, FACEP, who died by su***de in April 2020 after treating COVID-19 patients during the initial onslaught in New York City and contracting the virus herself. Breen had family in Charlottesville.

ACEP worked with Dr. Breen’s family to develop this bill with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and it was introduced in July 2020.

More at the link.
https://www.acep.org/corona/COVID-19-alert/covid-19-articles/your-advocacy-at-work-senate-passes-dr.-lorna-breen-bill/

On Friday, the U.S. Senate passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act. The bill focused on researching and developing policies preventing burnout and improving mental health among health care clinicians, along with removing barriers to accessing care and treatment (including consideration of stigma and licensing concerns).

The act was named in honor of Lorna Breen, MD, FACEP, who died by su***de in April 2020 after treating COVID-19 patients during the initial onslaught in New York City and contracting the virus herself. Breen had family in Charlottesville.

ACEP worked with Dr. Breen’s family to develop this bill with Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and it was introduced in July 2020.

More at the link.
https://www.acep.org/corona/COVID-19-alert/covid-19-articles/your-advocacy-at-work-senate-passes-dr.-lorna-breen-bill/

The full Workforce 2030 report is out and available on our website: www.vacep.org/workforce. There, you'll also find a r...
08/07/2021
Workforce — VACEP

The full Workforce 2030 report is out and available on our website: www.vacep.org/workforce. There, you'll also find a recording of a webinar with ACEP's Young Physicians Section. They hosted a discussion about the future of the emergency medicine workforce with ACEP President-Elect Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP, and EMRA President-Elect Angela Cai, MD, MBA, FACEP. Watch/listen at the link.

In April 2021, ACEP released Emergency Medicine Physician Workforce: Projections for 2030, a research report reflecting evidence-based data that shows our specialty is facing – for the first time in history – a likely oversupply of emergency physicians in the next decade.

Here's the hour-long conversation from yesterday between Virginia's healthcare community and Dr. Anthony Fauci. (Pro tip...
08/04/2021
Vaccinate Virginia: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Healthcare Providers

Here's the hour-long conversation from yesterday between Virginia's healthcare community and Dr. Anthony Fauci. (Pro tip: You don't have to watch - you can simply hit play and listen to audio during your commute). At the 27-min. mark, Fauci gives his thoughts on whether another lockdown is possible.

VACEP was proud to sponsor alongside our healthcare association partners.

How can you, as a healthcare provider, best approach your vital role in addressing vaccine hesitancy and educating patients about the COVID-19 vaccines? Rese...

On August 3 (Tuesday), the Virginia Department of Health is hosting a conversation for healthcare providers with Dr. Ant...
07/30/2021

On August 3 (Tuesday), the Virginia Department of Health is hosting a conversation for healthcare providers with Dr. Anthony Fauci from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll discuss how you can approach your "new role" in curbing vaccine hesitancy and convincing patients to get the vaccine.

VACEP is an event sponsor. Register and join the convo at the link:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/providerwebinar/

On August 3 (Tuesday), the Virginia Department of Health is hosting a conversation for healthcare providers with Dr. Anthony Fauci from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll discuss how you can approach your "new role" in curbing vaccine hesitancy and convincing patients to get the vaccine.

VACEP is an event sponsor. Register and join the convo at the link:

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/providerwebinar/

We visited the VCU College of Health Professions today for a press conference with Governor Ralph Northam, who took the ...
07/22/2021

We visited the VCU College of Health Professions today for a press conference with Governor Ralph Northam, who took the opportunity to stress the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine: 99 percent of (rising) new cases, Delta variant included, are in the unvaccinated. As of today, 71 percent of Virginians have at least one dose, and 60 percent are fully vaccinated.

We visited the VCU College of Health Professions today for a press conference with Governor Ralph Northam, who took the opportunity to stress the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine: 99 percent of (rising) new cases, Delta variant included, are in the unvaccinated. As of today, 71 percent of Virginians have at least one dose, and 60 percent are fully vaccinated.

We are pleased to share newly approved informed consent guidelines and an algorithm for emergency medical care for patie...
07/16/2021

We are pleased to share newly approved informed consent guidelines and an algorithm for emergency medical care for patients who lack capacity. Info at the link, which also includes an audio and video podcast: https://www.vacep.org/informedconsent

We are pleased to share newly approved informed consent guidelines and an algorithm for emergency medical care for patients who lack capacity. Info at the link, which also includes an audio and video podcast: https://www.vacep.org/informedconsent

Last week, UnitedHealthcare announced they would begin retroactively denying some emergency claims. Today, ACEP learned ...
06/10/2021
Outcry Forces UnitedHealthcare to Delay Plan to Deny Coverage for Some E.R. Visits

Last week, UnitedHealthcare announced they would begin retroactively denying some emergency claims. Today, ACEP learned that UHC is reversing course, saying:

“Based on feedback from our provider partners and discussions with medical societies, we have decided to delay the implementation of our emergency department policy until at least the end of the national public health emergency period.”

While the work isn't done and their language leaves room for them to try again, it was ACEP's swift action that caused United to retreat.

Here's more at the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/10/health/united-health-insurance-emergency-care.html

Within days of announcing a policy shift aimed at cutting back on reimbursements for emergency room care, the major insurer retreated — for now.

The VCU Health Orchestra was featured on the Today Show today. The ensemble features multidisciplinary physicians, nurse...
05/09/2021
‘Medical orchestra’: Health care workers reunite outside to make music

The VCU Health Orchestra was featured on the Today Show today. The ensemble features multidisciplinary physicians, nurses, staff, and EMTs from across the health system. Take a moment today and enjoy.

With hospitalizations down and restrictions relaxing, one group of health care workers has finally reunited outside of their ER to make music again. Made up of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s doctors, staff, students and nurses, this medical orchestra is now 60 people strong. NBC...

View or listen to our Workforce Report Town Hall, held yesterday evening with members of the Board. At the link, you'll ...
05/06/2021

View or listen to our Workforce Report Town Hall, held yesterday evening with members of the Board. At the link, you'll also find plenty of resources to get yourself caught up and play a part in finding solutions.

www.vacep.org/workforce

View or listen to our Workforce Report Town Hall, held yesterday evening with members of the Board. At the link, you'll also find plenty of resources to get yourself caught up and play a part in finding solutions.

www.vacep.org/workforce

It's Friday. How about something light? Emergency physicians fix things and can be an entrepreneurial bunch. Dr. Bob, a ...
04/23/2021
ER Physician Creates "Candle Buddy" to Safe-Guard Birthday Traditions

It's Friday. How about something light? Emergency physicians fix things and can be an entrepreneurial bunch. Dr. Bob, a 40-year emergency physician in Nevada, invented Candle Buddy as a way to keep germs off cakes (or cupcakes, or donuts, or...) when blowing out candles. See how it works and check out the story!

/PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Robert Stefanko (Dr. Bob) and Andrew Hasson teamed up to design a special birthday candle holder called the CANDLE BUDDY! Each Candle Buddy...

The Virginia Mercury on the staffing shortages at state psychiatric hospitals: Alison Land, commissioner of the Departme...
04/21/2021
Staffing shortages are overwhelming Virginia's psychiatric hospitals - Virginia Mercury

The Virginia Mercury on the staffing shortages at state psychiatric hospitals:

Alison Land, commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, told state lawmakers Tuesday that low pay, burnout and growing workloads are pushing employees out of the field. In many cases, the shortages leave available staff scrambling to respond to a high-need patient population. Assaults and injuries within facilities are common, Land said — a difficult cycle that leads to more turnover.

“This is a very complex, acute, somewhat assaultive and aggressive patient mix that’s coming in,” Land told the agency’s board in a similar presentation last week. “And it’s low pay that we’re able to offer them. So you see how a serious situation begins to emerge.”

In the article, VACEP's Joran Sequeira also offers insight from the perspective of the emergency department, where psychiatric hospital admission delays are impacting ER capacity and patient care: “What’s happening is these people are just sitting there. And I just feel bad for these patients. Because they’re the ones who are sometimes going days without the proper treatment.”

Read the full story: https://www.virginiamercury.com/2021/04/21/staffing-shortages-are-overwhelming-virginias-psychiatric-hospitals/

Staffing shortages have left Virginia’s mental hospitals overwhelmed as the facilities continue to struggle with a surging patient population. It’s a problem that’s only grown worse since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alison Land, commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and D...

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